Here’s a great post about a great Keyline Design and Broadacre Permaculture class conducted on The Farm in Tennessee by Darren Doherty.
Next Level or Point of No Return
OzoneFarm has been an imaginary domain since my wife zeroed all my accounts and kicked me to the curb back in 2003. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to reconcile with her or her world, but my world of ideas and ideals is still quite intact. The ship is anchored over Fort Defiance near Cairo, Illinois and there it shall remain anchored until we at least or at last succeed. I’m in Chicago working on some “cultural infrastructure” for use in the 23rd Century. By 2020, everything should be in place and running, if they let me live that long.
Thanks to the resilience of the Internet itself, at least a bare-bones version of Yeoman’s OzoneFarm will “exist” in some form never again to be sabotaged, sidetracked, deleted, lost, dismissed, denied or even discouraged by those who lack anything from a the most basic understanding of sustainability to the complete inability to entertain a single original thought.
Here’s a link to the current working draft of the executive summary, introduction and some primary ideas:
Next: DTOM: Dialog/Transaction Object Model (Don’t Tread On Me) – Patent not needed.
Business as UN-usual
Truth in business online and off is finding its way through all of the hype and deception. The Internet gives creative people a platform devoid of the dire need for hard physical capital like the “old system” required even just to get the first feelers out. We’re using as many free services as we can to build a base of triple bottom line businesses – people, planet, profit. But in the 21st Century, profit has a different meaning altogether from its classic definition formed in greed and self-interest.
Many other terms are changing their definitions as the context shifts modes from the reckless to the sensible. We have collectively found the need for what sustains and helps us survive our own past madness. We are waking up to what should have, could have and would have been 35 years ago through a series of wake-up calls to what shall, can and will happen if we are to survive. What we have discovered is that Nature has given us abundance that we were simply too blind (or blinded) to see. We are made not only to survive but to thrive.
“Growth” is not for markets, companies or even social networks. It is again for the Natural world – trees, grass, flora and fauna and the ecosystem itself – as it was for Early Humankind. Scarcity was a modern myth. Now, we’re seeing people and ideas coming together through openness and sharing via the Public Domain, the Creative Commons, Open Source Licensing and other tools that show the willingness to express love and kindness through our work and insights. Rather than locking ideas away as ‘intellectual property’ or ‘trade secrets’ many of us have decided to buid and use the “Commons” approach and share everything we can. We have discovered that security – social, financial, even physical is at best a set of illusions based also in myth. Open, honest effort to build real community is true security.
“Business” is the art of staying on task; remaining focused yet open; being ready for unexpected change; becoming adaptable to emergent and divergent realities; accepting gifts; receiving instruction; listening to expressed needs; recognising unique skills:::
“Profit” is the act of receiving that which is given. The gift of life cannot be “earned” but it must be appreciated and nurtured through mutual respect and tender loving care. Profit in business has nothing at all to do with making money or building private wealth any more. When we value our world, it will take care of us. We are learning now to add value to our built environment that honors the natural environment that was here when we arrived and will remain when we’re gone.
See the rough draft of Business as UN-usual on Facebook.